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Blood pressure rising in children

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Doctors say blood pressure is rising among kids and teens, increasing a risk for a host of medical problems. (FOX5) Doctors say blood pressure is rising among kids and teens, increasing a risk for a host of medical problems. (FOX5)
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Doctors say blood pressure is rising among children and teens, and it's because of the obesity epidemic.

"You're going to have two times the likelihood of becoming hypertensive by just being overweight. If you're obese, (it's) 10 times the likelihood," Dr. Muriel DeSimone, pediatrician at HealthCare Partners, said.

Just like in adults, high blood pressure can result in serious long-term consequences including heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.

DeSimone said parents need to get their kids more active. Limit their screen time, which includes iPads, phones and computers, to less than two hours each day. Also, exercise at least one hour a day. They can be active playing at the park or just running around in the backyard having some fun.

It's also important to watch what they eat. Try to stay away from high-sodium foods and sugary drinks. DeSimone said aim for five servings of fruits and veggies everyday. She has a 9-year-old and knows it can be tough in this fast-food world, but it's important to plan ahead.

"I have kids of my own. It would be so easy to run through the drive-thru on the way home instead of going home and making something a little healthier," DeSimone said. If you get into a routine it makes things easier.

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